The Marlinspike Sailor


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The late Hervey Garrett Smith was the foremost marine illustrator of the 1950s and 1960s, and his wonderful drawings of traditional ropework quickly propelled. The Marlinspike Sailor to cult classic status when it was published in 1956. With the addition of a section on modern, synthetic rope in the 1970s, its popularity has continued undiminished to this day. It teaches a few basic knots-the bowline, sheetbend, rolling hitch, et al.-and splices in three-stranded and braided rope. But its real business is decorative rope ...

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Aug 6, 2009

Excellent book for anyone looking for best uses for rope. Text contains quality humor, and illustrations are delightfully detailed. Not the most complete book on knots, but all the essentials are covered for most all sailors, and what's here is top quality. Highly recommended.

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